Article:Taking the Pulse of the LCS - Summer Split - Onward to Week 7
|Taking the Pulse of the LCS - Summer Split - Onward to Week 7|
I am Adel Chouadria, aka: Hype Algerian - a passionate Frenchman who is on a mission. My passion is for anything connected with League of Legends: the game, the tournament scene, the gossip...you name it. My mission, and I choose to accept it, is to elevate the heart rates of my fellow LoL fans by dishing out the skinny, the dirt, and the hype on last week’s fait accompli and this week’s fates in the balance of the North American and European LCS.
Week 6: LCS Mini-Report
The Season 3 European LCS Summer Split is three weeks of action away from meeting its end. However, the playoff picture is still very unclear. In most competitions, you would have a few “elite” teams followed by a crowd of teams scrapping for a playoff seed and the bottom teams doing what they can. In the EU LCS, however, there is only one heterogeneous block, with seven of the eight teams within two games of each other at most. Even the eighth team, MeetYourMakers, is three games away from first place.
This is a sharp contrast to the NA rankings picture, where all three blocks are readily visible. The skies are clear for Cloud 9 and Team Vulcun. Behind them is a busy crowd of five teams eyeing one of the four remaining playoff spots, all one game away from each other. Velocity eSports, the last place, is on a two-game winning spree and is displaying signs of rebirth that may put the pack in notice, provided it doesn’t scatter to pieces.
Competitive League of Legends: The League of Burnout?
It started earlier this year with Brunch Ü’s sudden decision to retire at the end of the Spring Split. The rigors of weekly LCS, combined with all the pregame work that comes along with that, accumulated a situation where he started disliking the game. Back then, it was considered an isolated case. What the audience failed to recognize was that this decision was a harbinger for things to come.
HotshotGG chose to bench himself to allow players who wanted to invest their time into the game to flourish, and to move on to the management side of eSports. He would set his team for future success before doing so, selecting Nien as his heir in the top lane. Competitive gaming took a toll on the organization and the team ever since Counter Logic Gaming’s journey to Korea. The LCS schedule – coupled with fan reaction – only made it worse.
For Elementz, however, it was the atmosphere within that accelerated his decision to be a free agent – and then turn into a coach for Team Coast. His measures as Coast’s coach go ways beyond what words could express as he openly stated he privileges a good atmosphere within a team as opposed to the need for results, and this may be driven by his own past experiences.
This is the same need for results that led I Will Dominate to unplug his keyboard from competitive play. Dominate was the former Dignitas Jungler who remains mostly known for being the first player suspended from competitive play. Since then, he went the extra mile to do a complete U-turn on his toxic ways and easily found his way into the Challenger scene. However, the lack of high-profile results from Curse Academy led him to retire and switch to analysis.
Sometimes, it is the pressure that is put over one player that makes them collapse. Enter Toyz, an integral component of the Taipei Assassins squad that went on to conquer the Season 2 World Championship. Since then, however, things took a turn for the most daunting: Not only did he have to assume the leader role within the squad (as MiSTakE went to foster the development of the Taipei Snipers), he also had to deal with other teams putting an enormous amount of pressure on him – so much that he was forced to play a style that went opposite to his own.
Sometimes, however, it is just the desire to move on, as the drive to keep playing comes up short in regards to other life prospects. Such is the case of the most recent casualty of the League of Burnout, Extinkt.
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